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Subject: When You Wish Upon A STAR...
Before actually having heard beyond the 1st tune, I was reading some of the entries below, enthusiastic references to Dark Star, & back of my old, jaded but Dead-loving mind I'm going, "Yeah, sure, you guys are always gushing superlatives no matter..." -not ready to actually believe that maybe...I mean, ya know, forgetting for a min. that this was 1970, a year flowering with some of the most well-executed, psychedelic Stars ever...as buried-treasure tapes would surface across the decades. So, I uhm...eventually arrived. Oh, Lordy. All you big Dark Star fans sit down, make yerself real comfy, and get set. I thought I'd heard all the great ones a long time ago. Gladly, I was wrong. Plus, the break, or cut they're describing below isn't that bad, really...we're thrown into the middle of Space/Feedback, and they gradually ease back into the heart of the essential Star jam again.. glorious. And eventually we find the trailing end.
Others have outlined several other highlights; I'll add only that the Lovelight here is not only really together and high energy, it has numerous unique, special moments from both Pig, and the rest of the band instrumentally. And last but not least folks, this is not only a great SNBD sonically, but is essentially a matrix-- a good bit of audience enthusiasm was captured as well. You can't possibly go wrong taking the time to check this one out.
Subject: short but sweet
High quality sound for this period. It is remarkable that we even have tapes from 1970. This show demonstrates that you don't always need 30 minute Dark Stars and marathon jams to have a hot show.
Subject: Fun Filled Fun
Wow Wee! That Don't Ease is just good ol' fashioned fun. This show is just one long party from front to end!
Subject: I was there
lived in Ft Lauderdale from 67-69...returned to NYC in 69 and went back to Fla. numerous times. Happend to be there when this concert was announced and holy shit!
I was in a band in NYC during 65-67 and bass player was a huge Dead fan. He was with us in Fla and attended this concert, too.
Prior to concert, 5 of us decided to take the ride across Pirates World, sort of an ore bucket thingy. While we're waiting to get into our cage, who's in front of us but Garcia amd his entourage...we wait and they get into the cage...a few mniutes later ( we had an abnormally long wait) we get into our cage...proceed to go 1/2 way across the grounds, about 50 feet in the air, and the ride stops...we decide it is the cops who want to bust us (Fla. in 1970 was, shall we say, intolerant of long hairs) so we start smoking everything we have...3-4 jointz each at a time...paranoid, the ride finally moves and we get to the end and the kid who opens the door says "Garcia told us there were a bunch of heads behind him, and to make sure you got a good long ride."
best ride of my life.
57 years old now and man, do I miss the 60s.
Garcia-Kimock Fanatic! -
Subject: huge treat!
Man this is just a huge treat for any serious dead head. Jerry is on fire and the band is just thrilled to be playing this festival. The tunes are played relatively short, but with much inspiration. I love this Morning Dew outro jam....Jerry just sets the place ablaze!
The whole set is just sick! If you can figure it out (and it can be done) download it and enjoy!
Cliff Hucker -
Subject: This is very nice!
The band seems a bit rushed, and the length of most of these tracks is pretty short. But the Dead must have enjoyed playing these small Florida festivals (see Seminole Indian Reservation) because they are all pretty fun shows, this one included. Charlie has done a fine job, as usuall, this sounds really good!
The Dark Star, in spite of being cut, is tremendous and packed with Jam themes! As is the Good Lovin'
Five bones, this one is special!
Subject: Are you joking!!! hidden jam
Hilights - Good Lovin' , Don't Ease Me in, ****Hight Time > Dark Star > Ohter One > Drums > NFAS > Lovelight > Me and My uncle
Morning dew was a good start but short i think that the mama tried was good though the vocals are somewhat well not so loud, the good lovin' is just nsane with such and amazing jam it feels live a viola at points. the dont ease me in is too amazing. the cold rain and snow is typical but with a listen but the highlight of the show is the High time > Dark Star > Other One > St. Stepen >> Drums > NFA > Lovelight > me and my uncle
the dark star is spacy and great and the high time is amazing you feel jerry put his soul in the music but the st.steven to the end is just epic to the core great show an a must for the essential dead head the lovelight is straigh up pig pen and great to the core solid jammy
"take your hands out of yo pockets"
the dead had a few extra minutes so took it from a lovelight to a me and my unclebo weir said "say, we've still got a few minues left, guys. how bout a "Me and My uncle," man?"
What a great show played till the last minute
Subject: 3-24-70 Pirates World
Note: the beginning of Morning Dew is cut. I thought the sound was excellent; a pretty well balanced SBD, very clear, no noise.
I enjoyed the funky jams during Good Lovin', with Jerry ripping those leads, almost sounding like Viola Lee at one point.
Subject: Excellent Performance/Good Recording
Almost like a 60's show, but there were lots of those in the early 70's too, and this is one, with a crazy jam on Don't Ease Me In of all places. Jerry could fit them anywhere when the attitude was right. I forget which smoked the most here, but generally, after the sound gets worked out around the second tune, look out. For sure a very good lovin and lovelight as well. i only review shows i think are 5 star, maybe 7 or 8 so far. If anyone is on track with these, let me know what you like: 5/31/69, 6/14/69, 10/25/69, and even 6/16/74. I tend to go for energy over clenliness/organinzed sounding, and would say sound quality is a close second. priority.
He Live's -
Subject: bridge to the cosmic
tell me there is anything about this performance of dark star that is not cosmic.....
these were some of the luckiest individuals.......spawned a generation of people that use the
word cosmic, and think there is a higher plane....the free jams of 69-72 part the curtain, you are
the good lovin is hot, pig sounds in command and the drum solo is appropriate and not too long....jerry edges his
way back in before long and gets into a nice duet with the drummers, something he did in the early years
but later it would be notable....soon it sounds more like a a trio, bob phil and billy/mickey, jerry just percolating
underneath and then coming out on everyone's heals and pushing all....the reentry is botched and they are forced
to play on and try again from another angle...that is their string point...another maniacal jam launches....pig brings
dark star cuts out and then you get shifted into a different space....it is an utterly different concept of sound....
at the start of the jam you could be listening to '69 live dead, but now it is more sonic, and immediately, less
conjuring....that is the nature of dark star mentality, to conjure, and when you come back from the cut,
it is straight to the other side, jerry and phil sound like they are playing different instruments, all the sudden
it is 1990, midi sounding....feelin groovy emerges....but jerry hammers dark star riffs relentlessly...it's hard
to distinguish the drummers, but then mickey is there on cowbell....and the bus comes round, swiftly to st stephen
great sounding show!!
Burnt Rich -
Subject: Future Primitive!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ahhh, to travel time!! The mix of instruments, voice, and audience is SO fine! I love it that you can be transported back almost 40 years and experience the sound that I am hearing from these speakers--blows so many of the modern shows mixes out of the water (even w/ a lil' hiss--1970!) So well rounded--even the audience. Jerry's voice on Cold Rain and High Time is epecially sweet and emotive. The drumming in the late 60's and early 70's always reminded my ears of a cross between a machine gun and a locomitive. Its all here, folks! And then there is Pigpen......................Thanks again, boys!!
Street Pig -
Definite upgrade,Love the DARK STAR @5:02 a splice occurs but dosen't take away the intensity of the tune as it cruises into The Other One. Love the interaction between the crowd and band during Pig's Lovelight.. Nice and crispy all the way round :)thnx. Addenum 05-19-06 The 303 Dowmload stat is actually 40 people were able to snatch this priro to LMA "Streaming only" it, we were the licky ones the 27o or so rest otf the folsk hace streamed the show, this sizzles despite the number of people downloading, Peace again Peace, Pig
this shows only been downloaded under 300 times what are the deadheads thinking this ones hot!
Scoop Ward -
Subject: My First Show
I was at the ripe old age of fifteen and thought I was going to a Chambers Brothers show (had played previus night) but decided to stay for this band 'cause was there. It changed my life and redirected my mind. Pig was speaking to me when he screamed TAKE YOUR HAND OUTA YOUR POCKETS
This will always live on for me a show beyond description
Subject: Dead 3-24-70
This show is on FIRE! It's got one of the hottest Don't Ease me ins, and the transition from Lovelight into Uncle is great. All the transitions are really tight. Pirate's World sounds like a theme park, but it was sure rockin' that night. Stream it and DANCE.